Stoney leading Richmond mayoral race, winner remains unclear

Posted at 11:43 PM, Nov 03, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. -- At the end of Election Day, the winner of Richmond’s mayoral race remains unclear.

The city registrar's website shows Mayor Levar Stoney with slim lead over councilwoman Kim Gray, with Alexsis Rodgers in third place.

As of 11:30 Thursday night, Stoney is leading in five different districts, enough to win the race outright. Those districts are 3,6,7,8, and 9.

If multiple candidates win districts and nobody wins five, the two candidates who win the most votes across the city compete in a runoff election in a month.

There are still a number of votes that need to be counted, and current numbers only represent the number of people who voted in person on Election Day, and do not include early and absentee voting.

Stoney’s campaign manager Kevin Zeithaml released a statement Tuesday night saying they are confident the mayor will be re-elected.

“While we are still watching the results closely, it is clear that the Mayor is the only candidate in the race with a coalition to win five out of nine districts. I am confident that the Mayor will be re-elected to serve a second term,” Zeithaml said in a statement via email.